Ccarlos Santana

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Born in Autolan, Mexico. At age five, Carlos first learned "traditional music" from his father, Jose. His father, an accomplished mariachi violinist and experienced musician, taught young Carlos the basics of music theory and how to understand the value of a note. Carlos at first was eccentric with the traditional form but soon wanted more. Carlos wanted to play rock `n roll.

In 1955, when the family moved to the town of Tijuana, eight-year-old Carlos picked up the guitar and began emulating the sounds of B.B. King, T-Bone Walker and John Lee Hooker. Carlos began playing with local bands like the "T.J.'s," adding his own flair to the music of the 50's. He began to play with different bands along the "Tijuana Strip," he began to perfect his skills and invent his inimitable sound.

In 1960, his family moved to San Francisco, a year later Carlos joined his family after honing his skills more so in Tijuana.

He soon found himself enrolled in school, learning English, and wanting to play music. Destiny had brought Carlos to the right place. Landing him in the middle of the burgeoning and hugely influential Bay Area music scene. As well as in an era of defining cultural, political, and artistic change.

In 1966, Carlos took his music to the people with the debut of the Santana Blues Band. For two years the band was swept away in a whirlwind of acclaim and popularity that carried them to the boards of Bill Graham's historic Filmore West to a historical appearance at Woodstock on August 16, 1969.

The magic continued for Carlos Santana for 30 years seemingly loosing his popularity. Then the release of Supernatural swept the planet. Selling and excess of ten million copies. Becoming officially certified as "Dectillion Platinum"- Diamond Status- by the R.I.A.A. Winning nine Grammies at the 42nd Annual GRAMMY Awards in February 2000, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, and Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

The release of Carlos's Supernatural album included a number one hit collaboration with Matchbox Twenties Rob Thomas "Smooth." The song stayed atop the charts for 12 consecutive weeks making it the longest running #1 single of 1999. People everywhere could be heard singing the mellow beat to "Smooth." The album's second single, "Marie, Marie," was co-written Wyclef Jean. It stayed weeks in the top slot of the Hot 100 and won a GRAMMY for Best Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The award winning album also features stars Lauryn Hill, legendary Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Everlast, Eagle Eye Cherry and Mana.

Carlos passion paved the way into new musical and geographic territories. Scoring the feature film of La Bamba. Embarking on an unforgettable 1988 tour with Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter. He also participated in 1987's Rock "˜n Roll Summit, the first-ever joint US-Soviet rock concert.

Carlos Santana has contributed his talents to benefit many charities. Including Blues for Salvador, San Francisco Earthquake Relief, Tijuana Orphans, Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and education for Latin youth in association with Hispanic Media & Education Group. For which he's received numerous civic and humanitarian commendations.

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